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So what's the deal about Biodynamic?

Posted 6/10/2012 7:38pm by Scott.

I know, I know, everybody says biodynamic is like witchcraft, hocus-pocus, magic...

But I aspire to be biodynamic.

The whole "organic" thing is faulty. The USDA says you can have organic & non-organic crops right next to each other. Crazy!

And they want me to certify and pay for the certification of each individual product...

It's all about marketing. 

Ie. organic eggs bring a good price, so one can produce those, but corn already gets a good price and a subsidy, so one can grow it inexpensively with GMO seeds and herbicides and pesticides and chemical fertilizers; and all on the same farm.

Even if you could completely segregate your chickens from your corn, why would you if your interest is producing nutritious food? Why grow food and also poison sold as food?

Ridiculous! 

Why not just certify the whole cotton pickin farm as organic? Like its this oasis in the middle of catastrophe.

Biodynamic requires that not only the whole farm be organic, but that all outside inputs be minimal.

In other words its about "shepherding" the environment I hold as a farmer, and not about trying to pull in what I cannot control from outside. 

Here's a quote from Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, M.D. (From the Preface of Agriculture Course, the Birth of the Biodynamic Method:

" Nutrition as it is today does not supply the strength necessary for manifesting the spirit in physical life. A bridge can no longer be built from thinking to will and action. Food plants no longer contain the forces people need for this."  (EP 1958)

We must learn again to produce foods that sustain our bodies and spirits.